Eugene Martin

On February 7, 2009, in Missing Persons, by Jody Ewing
Eugene Martin

Eugene Martin

Thank you to Bonnie Maier for passing along the information regarding 13-year-old Eugene Martin, who disappeared on August 12, 1984, while delivering newspapers for the Des Moines Register. Eugene now has a page up on the ICC website.

Eugene’s disappearance came almost two years after that of 12-year-old Register paperboy Johnny Gosch on Sept. 5, 1982, and many still believe the two cases are connected. At one time, a $94,000 reward was offered — $25,000 of that by the Des Moines Register — for information leading to the recovery of either Johnny or Eugene. Both boys remain officially missing.

The ICC Cases case summaries page now lists over 90 names of unsolved homicides and missing persons cases. If the name does not contain an active hyperlink, we are still working to collect information and photos for that case. We’ve got a long way to go; Iowa currently has just over 150 unsolved homicides and almost 50 long-time missing persons cases like that of Johnny Gosch, Eugene Martin and Jodi Huisentruit. Somewhere, someone knows something.

Can you help? If you have any information (news articles, photos, details) please send them along. Yes, this information will be shared with Iowa’s new Cold Cases Unit. Anonymous tips are acceptable and may be sent via the Contact page. (Just enter “Anonymous” in the name field.)

And, stay tuned for upcoming new developments with the Iowa Cold Cases website.

Yours in hope,


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